Sincerely Thankful

Dear Parents,

I wanted to take the time and personally thank you for a great first week! Thank you for bringing the supplies on time and for supporting our program. The students enjoyed the activities we did last week, especially in the art area. Also, I am very happy to say that EVERYONE brought a toy for show and tell this past Friday!!! Thank you for your cooperation and support! The students really enjoyed sharing their personal toys with each other. This activity truly promoted the social skills we review in the classroom and even motivated students to initiate interactions with one another and get to know each other better. I will definitely look into having this activity again in the near future.

As you saw, I sent out their art work home last Friday. I will continue to send any artwork completed within the classroom on Fridays. Although at times you may not be able to make out exactly what they did, take the time to ask them about it and to praise their artistic and creative attempts!

Please continue bringing your children on time and picking them up on time as well. This allows for Mrs. Marbella and I to plan accordingly for the next incoming group or the next school day. Keep up the great work!  

 

Sincerely thankful,

Mrs. Annie Maldonado

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Effective Communication Between Parents and Teachers

Effective Communication Between Parents and Teachers

How do I effectively communicate?

I have included here the link to an informative resource; a pdf about effective communication between parents and teachers. Here you will find information on the following topics:

  • The importance of parental involvement
  • National standards for parent/family involvement programs
  • Barriers to parental involvement
  • Communication in the parent-teacher relationship
  • Interpersonal skills tips
  • IEPs- what they are and how they work

I found this document to have very important information that could be helpful in understanding the parent-teacher relationship. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions. Know that I want to understand your point of view too. If you do not agree with something or have a different idea about how something works, I want to understand it. Let’s communicate!

My Pledge for Communication

“Communicate unto the other person that which you would want him to communicate unto you if your positions were reversed.”

— Aaron Goldman

How true is this quote for me! 

Whether explicitly addressed in their job description, or implicitly presumed and superimposed by other professionals and parents; there are major responsibilities special education teachers face. Of these responsibilities, I believe that a vital one is the higher demands in the parent-teacher relationship, especially for special education teachers of students in their early childhood, like me!

As the nation moves to provide more inclusive settings for students with disabilities, as well as increased interventions for students in their early childhood developmental years- like your son or daughter; it is of utmost importance for me to maintain a tie of communication with you about your child’s academic and social progress within the classroom. It is even more imperative that you become engaged in your child’s education very early on, as I know that is your goal while you read this, and that you work together with me to reinforce what your child is learning within the classroom. When parents feel capable and proficient in providing scientifically-based strategies, they ease student transitions, and experience success from the very beginning of their children’s educational journey. 

Teachers and parents need to work together to provide students with disabilities, especially young children with autism, a comfortable, adequate routine and a learning-ready environment. In order for this collaboration to begin, as a special education teacher, I need to take the initiative of providing you with supportive resources and strategies. Strategies may include behavioral techniques, communication tactics, and teaching strategies to help students capture what has been taught by the teacher. When used in conjunction with classroom strategies, these methods and resources should allow the students to be successful in and out of the classroom and across other adults. The idea should be to allow for the generalization of new and old skills taught to children with autism and other disabilities.

Although I am not yet a parent, as the daughter of a very dedicated and involved couple, I understand the importance of parent-teacher communication from my experience as a child and a student. It is my honest desire to communicate unto you all of my knowledge and strategies through this site so that we can better collaborate and enhance your child’s abilities! As a lover of learning, I am constantly seeking to understand better, to know more, to share constantly. As a special education teacher, I am a great believer that this collaboration and commitment starts with me. This is the purpose of Preschool Brains. May the posts you find here serve you as an informative source and as a fresh start for our journey together.